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Doing the Flying-Fox at Vihi-Kasara

I came to know there was a water rappelling event organized by VRangers this weekend via the Mumbai Hikers blog. We booked it and only realized later that it was 220+ km away and we’ll have to be there by 10am. Ouch. We inquired for stays in Igatpuri so that we can reach there on Saturday afternoon and head back on Sunday afternoon. No luck – every single hotel we could reach out to was fully booked. Yikes, what is so special about this place Igatpuri that the whole area is full? We were going to find out later since we decided to head out anyway, and started driving at 5:30am on a Sunday morning.

We headed out on the Maharashtra State Highway 50 which is a 2-lane no-divider highway which made it difficult and slow to drive because of the slow heavy trucks. An hour later, we stopped at this beautiful spot to have packed healthy sandwiches for breakfast:

View from our breakfast spot

View from our breakfast spot

 

View of breakfast point

View of breakfast point

 

View from our breakfast spot

View from our breakfast spot

 

Breakfast spot

Breakfast spot

 

Less than an hour later, Google Maps showed a possible route other than going through Nashik and we wanted to avoid going to Nashik. So even though the locals also discouraged us, we decided to take the shorter SH51 route that Google Maps showed us, and boy are we glad that we did!

SH21 to Igatpuri

SH21 to Igatpuri

 

The Road

 

The Road

 

Flower field

Flower field

 

Waterfalls by the road

Waterfalls by the road

 

The road

 

Lush green hillocks

Lush green hillocks

 

The road

 

Field, where we stopped to eat apples

Field, where we stopped to eat apples

 

Raining while driving in the beautiful scenic road

Raining while driving in the beautiful scenic road

 

Clouds into the hills

Clouds into the hills

 

The road

 

Big waterfalls seen at a distance

Big waterfalls seen at a distance

 

Waterfalls, by the road

Waterfalls, by the road

 

The road

After feasting our eyes on lush green hills, beautiful waterfalls far and near (by the road side) and green fields with grazing animals, we reached our final destination – Vihi gaon, near Manas Resort, Igatpuri, after 5.5 hours of driving through countless bends and turns.

We were both excited to do waterfall rappelling but when we reached, they said that due to heavy rainfall and strong water flowing, the number of safe spots that rappelling can be done from is only one and another group had already taken it up, so we were going to do another activity. We were disappointed at first but safety concerns are important, so we were happy there was another activity – the flying fox  (also called a zip-line).

Although there were too many people in queue (nearly a hundred!), the organizers VRangers handled things very well and ensured everyone’s safety as well as fun.

Crossing the water to the flying fox start point

Crossing the water to the flying fox start point

 

Small waterfall level above and before the big waterfall

Small waterfall level above and before the big waterfall

 

Queue waiting for their turn

Queue waiting for their turn

 

Flying Fox start point

Flying Fox start point

 

Flying Fox start point, my wife

Flying Fox start point, my wife

 

A video of the view from the start of the flying fox rope : this is my wife who is going down the rope, it hard to get a good shot because, due to safety reasons, the waiting folks were at a distance from the crew and the cliff:

A view from the other side, the end of the flying fox rope : this is a random person coming down the rope:

Experiencing the water splashes:

View of the pouring waterfall, from the end point

View of the pouring waterfall, from the end point

 

Waterfall full view

Waterfall full view

 

Waterfall rapelling by another group

Waterfall rapelling by another group

 

Waterfall rappelling by another group

Waterfall rappelling by another group

 

We enjoyed being at the waterfalls for quite some time, then went to a nearby Greelands hotel, changed to dry clothes in the surprisingly clean bathrooms, had lunch and finally headed back to Pune around 4:30pm in the same route.

Waterfalls view, from the road

Waterfalls view, from the road

 

River, by the road

River, by the road

 

Small waterfalls, by the road

Small waterfalls, by the road

 

The road, all rained out

The road, all rained out

 

The highlight on the way back was a beautiful rainbow:

A rainbow

A rainbow!

 

We had dinner around 8 at Chaitrali restaurant – their Veg. Kasuri is a must-try. Then headed out again doing the sometimes-scary highway overtaking and the even-more-scary overtaking from left because of slow-moving moron drivers who insists on being on the right side of the lane. We finally reached home at 10:30pm, I washed up and crashed for the night with a smile on my face and aches everywhere.

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Comments

  1. Amazing post :)

  2. Beautiful place, nice pictures and very well written blog :)

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